Gemalto, the digital security analysts, has found that 95% of global companies have adopted cloud services, but there is a broad gap that defines how firms from different countries secure data and regard security precautions as necessary.
However, these firms say that only 40% of data in the cloud is secured with encryption or other protection techniques.
Gemalto's report, entitled "2018 Global Cloud Data Security Study," found that, out of a global sample size of over 3,000 IT professionals, German businesses are a lot more cautious when sharing data with third parties, at 61%. Their British counterparts stood at 35%, while Brazilian companies were at 34% and Japanese firms at 31%.
Furthermore, when data is sent or received by the business, businesses are a lot more likely to encrypt that data. Gemalto reported that German firms are again the most likely to use encryption techniques at 67%; then it drops down to 62% for next highest -- Japan -- and 61% for Indian companies.
However, this is set to rise, with 91% of those surveyed believing that encryption of sensitive data will become more important over the next two years, up from 86% last year.
In terms of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), due to come into force in May, 88% say this will require changes in how their companies govern the cloud and its security, with 37% believing it will require significant changes. Worryingly, over half (54%) of the 3,285 IT professionals polled say that payment details are at risk in the cloud, falling slightly to 49% when considering customer data.
There are many, many more statistics in the report, which can be found here, or for a briefer, more visual overview, check out the infographic.